Bonnie Raitt - Classic or Dud?

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the last of the expensive L.A. studio-rock productions

i really like this description, alfred

Surmounter, Friday, 27 February 2009 14:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

(whole show available on YouTube, onv. so good)

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

never heard her 'angel from montgomery" before. kinda hits it good.

underwater, please (bear, bear, bear), Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, it does. I like it better than Prine's, actually

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

I mean, it kinda needs a female voice! i think even JP probably feels great that she embraced the song

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

the other youtube one is even better ... is it 'Old Grey Whistle Test'?

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, it was on the 'Old Grey Whistle Test', but it looks like the You Tube bastards deleted it. the version on there rules so hard, if I had the DVD, i'd just go ahead and re-up right now. oh well, here is Bonnie from the same segment doing Joni

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, between that and hearing megan mullaly's 'far from me' it's been a good week of finding great fem-fronted Prine versions

underwater, please (bear, bear, bear), Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

actually ... I'm totally off base .. "Too Long at the Fair" ain't a Joni song at all, it's by some guy i never heard of .. not sure why I thought it was JM (kinda sounds like her!)

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Luck of the Draw is almost a great album; it might have been if she hadn't encased L.A. blooze approximations in amber. The more songs she writes herself, the better the results. "All At Once" brings tears to my eyes.

oh -- Nick of Time's title song really nails middle-age.

Throwing Muses are reuniting for my next orgasm! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 24 April 2010 17:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

"nick of time" is an all-time jam in my opinion & "have a heart" is underrated - that "hey! don't lie to me" opening is great and her "or don't you have a heart?" delivery in the chorus is A+

brad whitford's guitar explorations (underrated aerosmith albums I have loved), Saturday, 24 April 2010 18:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

My problem with "Have a Heart" is the stranded synthesizer.

Throwing Muses are reuniting for my next orgasm! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 24 April 2010 20:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Homeplate was one of my top ten in the 70s alternative poll thingy earlier this year. She's one of my favorite singers.

that's not my post, Sunday, 25 April 2010 04:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

She's doing right by me this evening. Not gonna lie.

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Sunday, 23 January 2011 01:00 (six years ago) Permalink

THIS IS WEIRD. I was going to revive this because I heard "Not the Only One" this morning and remembered, again, what a good example of geezer-rock Luck of the Draw is.

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 23 January 2011 01:07 (six years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

damn she rules

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 18 June 2011 01:36 (six years ago) Permalink

suck it, hipsters!

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 18 June 2011 01:36 (six years ago) Permalink

One more vote for Give It Up, one of my personal 10 best from the '70s. Rootsy, bluesy, folky, emotive, and chock full of great songs (some her own, and some covers, including the definitive version of "Love Has No Pride", the album closer).

Later-period hits were good too. I still like it whenever "Something to Talk About" comes on the radio.

Lee626, Saturday, 18 June 2011 04:31 (six years ago) Permalink

"Not the Only One" is a beautiful song.

Clarke B., Saturday, 18 June 2011 15:33 (six years ago) Permalink


bentelec, Saturday, 18 June 2011 15:34 (six years ago) Permalink


by another name (amateurist), Sunday, 19 June 2011 00:43 (six years ago) Permalink

I love Luck of the Draw - an almost perfect studio-rock album.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 June 2011 01:01 (six years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

The mighty fine Jonathan Bogart killing it with this overview here:

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:59 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah good read

some dude, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Indeed, He's OTM about Froom and "Spit of Love." Raitt's one of those artists whose two albums I own I love passionately but always forget to investigate further.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

really great job from Jonathan.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

A chunk of her catalog bores me tbh. Not her singing and playing, which are often forceful and declarative in the way Jonathan argues, but the choice of material. But when she's coaxed by the right song she's like a cool aunt. She was by far the highlight at this year's Grammys.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:25 (five years ago) Permalink

That's a good list above, but no "Pride" no credibility.

Hey Jude, don't make it BAD MENTAL HEALTH (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 21:34 (five years ago) Permalink

cool article!

this is quite sly i must say: "Modern adult-contemporary musicians like Faith Hill or Neko Case..."

goole, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 21:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Always forget it's Bruce Hornsby playing the majestic organ line in "I Can't Make You Love Me." It even reduces Phil Collins to tears:

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 23:54 (five years ago) Permalink

So far digging the new album. Here's what I posted on Rolling Country (because we'd been talking about Joe Henry and because I'd just listened to Slipstream twice straight through)
True that xpost Joe Henry can stuff some boredom into tracks, but he does great w with the ones he produces and writes and co-writes on Bonnia Raitt's new Slipstream. The co-write's with Loudon Wainwright, melds with the real good Dylan-written track before it, which he also produced, so Raitt's playing with Bill Frisell and Greg Leiz, no ambient 'llowed, not in the usual elevator sense anyway, just some eloquent picking. She and ex NRBQ/long-time Nashville cat Al Anderson play great elsewhere (she produced most of the set, sounds like she and Al may have co-written some too)They even squeeze and slap some juice out of "On Down The Line," basically a boring-ass yacht rock barnacle. The only other song choice I'd quarrel with so far is one about a Hollywood marriage as run through the evil media blah blah, but some musical diversion there too. So far seems like if you jumped from her 70s peaks to this, you'd be on the same level, or close enough to keep your balance--streaming here for nown

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dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Oops, sorry here's the activated link, and w much better sound than the NPR stream, at least on my machine (with ILX headphones star Koss Proplus, available at v non-audiophile prices, be good to your ears and music, brothers and sisters)

dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:42 (five years ago) Permalink

ILX headphones threads star/frequent choice, that is.

dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:43 (five years ago) Permalink


"Stripped down both lyrically and structurally, but revved up in energy and dynamics, the Dave Edmunds cover "Me and the Boys" formed the centerpiece of what would be called her "new wave" album, Green Light."

scott seward, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 16:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Cool. Yeah, Green Light's real good, one of her most rocking. For some reason, I stopped keeping up after that, but everything from her first decade of recording is worth checking out.

dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Wouldn't call it "new wave" though, unless "Tumblin' Dice"-type Stones, NRBQ, Rockpile were new wave--even so, no synths, no skinny ties materialize when I listen (more like bike rides along and down Thrill Hill, past the woods and toward the reservoir)

dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha, I think Scott was noting the error in calling it a Dave Edmunds cover when it was in fact NRBQ...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, but her stripped-down version does have kind of a Rockpile thing too, ditto some other stuff on the album, so the tour guide at least made an appropriate mistake.

dow, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:49 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Very happy for her that she's scored her biggest hit in years: Starbucks rock that's cool.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:28 (five years ago) Permalink

what hit?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 26 April 2012 01:10 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

goddamn I love the way the chorus hits on this

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 May 2013 05:43 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

New album is damn good. I've waited my whole life for a Bonnie Raitt cover of INXS' "Need You Tonight."

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 February 2016 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Also like the fast Los Lobos cover, more LL please ma'am (wonder what she thinks of the Blasters, also Dave and Phil, solo and together). The prowley blues-rock grooves remind me of Little Feat backing her on "I Feel The Same," and she turned up on some or at least one of their albums, right? There were rumors that she was asked to join the band, before and/or after Lowell George died. I'd request covers of him as well, but might be too many memories involved. Meanwhile, I'm also digging the elements I associate with Philly soul, and the no-b.s. piano ballads, the self-written and the Joe Henry song she credits with luring her back; she'd lived that one too.
Good interview w David Ritz here:

And check YouTube for her Grammys performance of "The Thrill Is Gone" with Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Stapleton.

dow, Monday, 29 February 2016 01:12 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

My playlist.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 23 June 2017 02:56 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

listening to the Streetlights album, feel like it's categorized as singer/songwriter/rock, but really it's a great soul album

niels, Friday, 7 July 2017 16:28 (four months ago) Permalink

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